A random scanning of floppy disk sleeves from contributed collections - scanned at 600dpi into TIFF by Vuescan, by Jason Scott.
In the era of the 5.25" floppy disk (roughly 1975-1995), the disks had a window to the disc inside that exposed the magnetic media to open air. (A re-design of disks in 3.5" form factors added a spring-loaded "door" that would automatically close down and protect the media. To reduce exposure and damage to this fragile media, a paper or plastic sleeve would be provided with the floppy disk to cover this window. On this sleeve were often instructions (somewhat standardized) to encourage careful treatment of the floppy.
Over time, the simplicity of the floppy sleeve design along with the wide open space on it encouraged the creation of custom printings, both for individual software products, and for large runs of general floppy disk sets (boxes of 10, 50 or 100). Some of these large-run general purpose floppy disk images are strongly identified with this period in the minds of those who lived through them. Many are objectively pleasant to see.
This compilation is utterly random and represents all the unique designs that were not solid colors that passed through Jason Scott's hands in the month of January, 2019.
December 1, 2022 Subject:
Floppy DIsk Nostalgia Alert
Well, this is just a delightful collection of some wonderful memories. Quite a number of these I can remember from my teenage years. Quite a few seem to be quite localised to the US, but there are the other big name brands that are super familiar.
Great job in collecting these, and also taking the time to scan them all in!